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8 Lightweight Survival Items Your Bugout Bag Is Missing

8 Life-Saving Lightweight Items Your Bugout Bag Is Missing

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Most survival kits or bugout bags are just too heavy, and so the owners begin removing items.

But in an effort to keep everything ultra-light, many items are being completely missed.

Let’s look at things from a different perspective and talk about some of the most overlooked lightweight items that you can purchase today (for pennies on the dollar, I promise). Once you know what they are, you might also think about adding them to your get-home bag, your car’s bug-out bag and some of them even to your everyday carry kit.

Sounds tempting enough? Great, let’s get on with the list!

1. Gloves

You should, in fact, have two pairs: a wool pair to keep you warm in case you’re bugging out during the winter and a pair of work gloves for various activities, including:

  • getting tree branches and other plants out of the way as you’re moving through the forest.
  • carrying heavy objects.
  • working with sharp or rough materials.
  • working with oils and other chemicals.
  • climbing a rope (much easier when you’re wearing them).

2. A baseball cap

If you’ll be out under the hot sun for days on end, a baseball cap will not just protect your head from the heat but also will guard your eyes. This is one thing a bandana can’t do. Another thing you can do is wear sunglasses + the bandana.

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Still, don’t completely disregard the baseball cap as it has many alternative survival uses. From filtering water to keeping various items such as the berries you forage, there are plenty of ways in which it can assist you if you have one in your kit.

3. Blast matches

There are many ways to start a fire in the wild, such as using the bow drill method, waterproof matches or using a magnesium fire-starter. However, the blast match tops them all because you can use it with only one hand.

You see, they were specifically designed this way to be used by soldiers who’ve been hurt and, guess what: that could be you. No one wants to conceive they could get shot or break an arm but these are the sorts of things that could happen when you’re out there, running for your life.

4. Wool socks

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If you’ll be wearing hiking boots, you absolutely need a pair of thick socks. Wear a thinner pair and you’ll quickly develop blisters. I also suggest you keep a second one inside your backpack, preferably in a Ziploc bag to keep it dry.

5. Baby wipes

Baby wipes can be a great replacement for toilet paper. Not only are they smaller but you can also use them to clean various things, including giving yourself a shower or cleaning your glasses.

6. Copies of personal documents

Of course, in a real disaster scenario, you’ll want to grab the originals but what if you don’t have time? Much better to have a few copies inside a Ziploc bag that you can use.

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Keeping the originals inside your bag may be impractical because you’ll keep getting them out and then putting them back in.

7. Moleskin

Even during the shortest bugout, you can expect blisters to cripple you down. If you didn’t break into your new boots or if you have to walk very long distances, you WILL get blisters. This is where a roll of moleskin helps.

8. Ziploc bags

You need more than the ones in which you’re storing items. Why? One, Ziplocs aren’t puncture proof, meaning they’re all going to become useless at some point.

Second, if you want to cross a river, you can fill the extra ones with air and put them inside your bag to help keep you afloat. Do the same if you’re stranded somewhere in the middle of a flash flood and you have less than a minute before the water sweeps you away.

Can you think of other items people forget to add to their bugout bags? Write them in a comment below.

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4 comments

  1. How about a mylar blanket, cotton balls, heavy duty garbage bags.

  2. Eyglasses are a cant do without item. contacts are great but in nature where we have tons of crud in every form they can be a tragic choice when they damage an eye. Glasses are the thing that will help from debris and if you have the sports type that ar enclosed or the guards that go over the regular glasses this is the best choices. save the old glasses for they may not have the correct prescription they should function well enough. broken glasses and their repair is a inventive operation at best. The item that is invaluable is super glue. I get the single use type that has six individual packs this way the rest of the gule remains in good shape. save old glasses and remove the lens and keep them in a bagey. if you loose a lens even if they dont fit the glue will hold them to the frame. And the final things are the small screws and screw drivers so all the glasses you disacemble save the screws. When you loose your glasses this pack will be a life saver.
    Grampa

  3. I always include a swiss army knife, jute, bungee cords and cotton balls with petroleum jelly in a zip lock bag.

  4. 1) Ear Plugs. They can be used for a lot of things including but not limited to, fishing floats, keeping delicate gear from rattling, marking snares or trails, padding around blisters, and probably most important, helping you get to sleep.

    2) Bag Balm. Think of it as Vaseline with antibiotic properties and some lanolin. You can use if for everything Vaseline does, and also to keep cuts from getting infected. There are a million uses. One of the less commonly known ones is that it works well for ear mites in farm animals. The name comes from the original use in milking; it cures and prevents chapped udders during cold weather.

    3) Your Prescription Information. Obviously a no brainer most people would say. Hopefully it is. Consider a little more deeply though. What do you really know about your medication aside from the name and manufacturer? Do you know the chemical name of the compound, the generic name, and possible veterinary substitutes that might work? Your odds of stumbling across an untouched, thoroughly alphabetized Walgreens with a Cliff’s Notes section are pretty slim, and you probably won’t be able to google it either. Take the time now to find out.

    4) Salt. Makes food taste better, keeps you from dying. Handy stuff.

    5) A Pencil. Not a Sharpie, space pen, tactical dagger pen, Parker, Bic, or Waterford. A lead (graphite) pencil. I suggest Ticonderoga. Writes on nearly any surface in any weather and is permanent until it gets purposefully removed. Graphite is the most stable form of carbon. It won’t oxidize, fade, dissolve, or evaporate. It will sit faithfully in your bag until the day of reckoning. The batteries will not run out. It will work when you need it to.

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